ABOVE: Shoshone Falls
Not all the emigrants had the opportunity to visit Shoshone Falls, but those who took the short side trip were in for a remarkable experience. The falls offered a fantastic view unlike any other in the US. Those who had been to Niagra noted the similarity, but Shoshone Falls is higher and has a greater volume of water than its New York cousin.
Today, Shoshone Falls is often just a cliff--as irrigation has stolen much of the river's water. But early in the spring (or anytime in a wet year) visitors can see the landmark just as the sightseeing pioneers did many years ago.